From Creative Business Coach, Laura West, here are 50 places you can go to fire up your creative ideas!
Go to your local park and see with 'new eyes'...try looking for a particular color or texture. You'll be amazed!
Don't rush...sit purposefully and quietly before one work that draws you and allow yourself to become immersed in the textures and shapes it offers.
Get yourself something yummy to drink and just sit and observe what is going on around you; the ebb and flow of conversations, the sounds of beverages and food being prepared...drink it in!
Try going to an unfamiliar section of the store. If you hate mysteries, then go there to explore first.
If you've never walked a labyrinth, you owe it to yourself to find one and try it out. So meditative!
These markets are such fun! Piles of colorful, delicious looking fruits and vegetables everywhere. Strike up a conversation with some of the people running the stands. They almost always have great stories!
History is in your own backyard...and you probably didn't even know it!
Just getting out in nature has been proven to increase your capacity for attention and learning!
As singer Petula Clark sang When you're alone and life is making you lonely / You can always go downtown...
Be adventurous! Order one thing from the menu that you have never had before.
Waterfalls give off their own special environment. Everything in the air around them seems charged with magic! Bring a picnic lunch.
These events are a great way to meet other creative people, as well as get new ideas.
Art supply stores are practically heaven on earth, not only to get creative ideas, but to execute them!
Revel in the brilliant colors, enticing aromas, sounds and more!
Even if you are not musically inclined, the shapes of the instruments, the colors and materials are rich sources of inspiration.
Wander among the stacks, letting your fingers stroke the spines of the books as you go by. When a book attracts you, take it and sit with it, leafing through it's pages, receptive to what it has to teach you.
Colorful patterns, textures, shapes and functions abound. Look and linger for as long as you want.
If you don't frequent thrift stores, you'll be amazed at the variety of 'stuff' to be had. The best part is that things change drastically, and the store can seem completely different from week to week.
Local airports may have a bit less security that the large ones these days, allowing you to get a closer look at planes taxiing, landing and taking off.
These stores are a cornucopia of texture and color. Talk to the proprietor. Quilts have a fascinating history.
Try to see how many cooking gadgets you can find that you have no idea of their function.
It's amazing what a change in perspective can do!
These quirky, colorful markets are like little worlds all to themselves. The people who come to them, as well as the vendors, are as interesting as the wares!
Wandering among the stones, reading the markers, looking at the shapes of the stones themselves and just wondering about the people who were once living, breathing human beings and be a great source of inspiration.
Even if you don't play, these stores are amazing with their collections of traditional and electronic pianos. Appreciate the different materials, shapes and sounds!